The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up: September 16th

Welcome to this week's The Movie Paradise Nerd Round-Up. Essentially what we do here is we take a look at all things nerdy. We break down everything in the world of nerdom, ranging from superheroes to Star Wars and every other geeky thing in between, and analyse the smaller bits of news that weren't big enough stories to necessarily warrant an entire article, but are still significant and important. Perhaps it's casting news, a contract detail, a set image, or something else that's more on the minor side, but is definitely worth checking out. Then we have a little bit of fun with some movie-related videos and clips. It's a time and place for all of us unabashed nerds to come together and talk about the things that we love so much. So, without further ado, let's get started with this week's Nerd Round-Up. 

The News

The Hellboy reboot, starring David Harbour and directed by Neil Marshall, has been in the news a lot lately. From story details, to casting decisions, to the whitewashing controversy (read our thoughts on that here), this reboot has been surfacing frequently in the movie news sphere. And now, we have our first look at David Horbour, in costume, as Hellboy. When I first saw these images, I didn't realize it was actually David Harbour. I thought it was an old image of Ron Perlman's Hellboy. And until we got the black and white photo, I had a really hard time not seeing Perlman. Look, this is a quality costume design. It looks good, and it resembles the comics. Where my issue comes from is that it looks identical to Ron Perlman's design. When there are new iterations of comics on film, you switch up the look and design of it all each time. That way you don't have three Spider-Man reboots with the exact same costume in all, or the same Batman costume in every new iteration. I think steps could have been taken to differentiate Harbour's Hellboy from Perlman's Hellboy. But when I look at the black and white photo, it does look different. So I think it will depend upon the lighting of the movie, and how it all comes across. I'm not saying I think the film will actually be in black and white (even though now I'm wishing it was), but how Hellboy looks in the film will most definitely come from how they choose to shoot him. I do have to say though, I'm getting far more excited for this movie than I ever thought I would be. 

Patty Jenkins has officially signed on to write, direct, and produce Wonder Woman 2. Reports are saying she will be paid close to $8 million dollars for her efforts, including a significant back end deal on the movie's box office gross. This makes Patty Jenkins the highest paid female director in history. I am psyched for Jenkins; she absolutely deserves this level of financial recognition. Not only was Wonder Woman a great movie (read our review here), but it also crushed at the box office, making $817 million dollars worldwide. And I bet Warner Bros. is kicking themselves right now for not locking Jenkins down for a multi-film contract when they initially hired her. So I am incredibly excited to see what Jenkins does with the sequel. But I also think this story has larger ramifications for the film industry. Jenkins said that she was looking to be paid what Zack Snyder was making for his DC Cinematic Universe entries, and she got it. This is a gigantic leap forward for equal pay for women in film. Wonder Woman has been such a groundbreaking movie in so many regards, and I could not be happier for all the cracks in the glass ceiling it has created. Patty Jenkins absolutely deserves this, and I cannot wait to see what she does with Wonder Woman 2

Just days after the news that Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams would be replacing the recently outed Colin Trevorrow in helming Star Wars Episode IX (you can read more about that here), we have now learned that the film has moved from its previous May 2019 release date to December 20th, 2019. When we first heard of this director shift, I think everyone pretty much assumed the release date would eventually change. Trevorrow had been attached for years, and Abrams is just now joining. He was always going to need some extra time to get a handle on the film. But honestly, I much prefer Star Wars movies opening in December than May. I know there is a nostalgia factor for opening in May, but I think making as an important decision as when a film opens based purely on nostalgia is weak and faulty planning. Star Wars has proven to own December. There, they have no competition, and are free to generate billions of dollars at the box office. But in May, Star Wars is competing against every other giant summer blockbuster. Not that Star Wars would actually flop, but it would be guaranteed to not make nearly as much money going up against other blockbusters as it could have made if it opened alone in December. I don't know if this date change is specific just to Abrams coming aboard, or if Star Wars is planning on staying in December infinitely, but I do hope it's the latter. 

The Other Sh*t

Honest Trailers- The Mummy (2017), courtesy
of Screen Junkies

Tommy Wiseau Talks The Disaster Artist, courtesy
of Los Angeles Times

How Wonder Woman Should Have Ended, courtesy
of How It Should Have Ended

So that's our Nerd Round-Up for this week. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the news articles? What about the videos? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Written by: Nate
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